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Every band has a story. Ours is 33 years in the making.


"The Spadtastics” is a terrible name for a Grateful Dead cover band. So they make up for it by playing their collective asses off—creating lysergic-laced interstellar jams that will make you question reality and quit your day job. They reach into your solar plexus, tear out your heart, and beat it with mallets made of cocobolo, milled steel, and peonies, and shove it back in at the end of the set. You don’t just leave a Spadtastics show having been entertained; you are made a better, more compassionate human being. 


How do the Spadtastics achieve such mind-blowing Grateful-Dead-covering awesomeness? Well, they’re veterans of locally legendary bands such as MILC, Nick the Fin, Magic Garden, the Well, the Tasteful Nudes, Uncle John’s Touch of Grey Band (feat. Casey Jones), and Steppenwolf. They’ve been playing this music since the peak of Brent Mydland era and have only gotten younger since. Now, they are certified Diamond Platinum Status Masters of the Dead—and will challenge any Podunk band that thinks they’re better to a Help>Slip>Franklin’s duel at 20 paces. Just try us!


If you’re brave enough, you can check out the Spadtastics on this thing they invented during a particularly long and experimental Dark Star jam. It’s called “the Internet." You can visit their Website Actuality, their Facebook Presence, their infrequently-updated Instagram Existence, and SoundCloud Tendencies there.


Better yet, you can experience the DNA-altering incredibleness of the Spadtastics at your local purveyor of live music.


We hope to see you there.



Bands exist for all kinds of reasons: to score chicks (or dudes), to get free drugs, to fulfill frustrated childhood fantasies of rock stardom, or because taking up golf is expensive and rage-inducing. We do it for all of those reasons.

But–dare we say it–we do it for a deeper reason, as well. We exist, first and foremost, to honor and celebrate the memory of David Spadiccini, a member of this band back when we were all teenagers.

Dave was taken from us far too soon (more than 30 years ago, in fact). But in his short time, he left a lifelong impact on us, and countless others, with his heart, his humor, his talent, and his infectious enthusiasm for living life at full throttle. 

The Spadtastics exist primarily to celebrate the memory of Dave; to gather and play the music he loved, and to enjoy the power of friendship and share some simple gratitude for being able to be together. That's what brought this band together in 2006. And it's what brings us together to this day. 

So we're not just a Grateful Dead Cover Band, we're a Dave Spadiccini Tribute Band. And we always will be. 

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